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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Ya Ya's roommate at the home say she is the step-sister to?

2. The author writes in the first essay, "It seemed that every Christmas my mother was _______."

3. Who does the author's mother leave a video tape for once she's passed away?

4. What is the name of the family in the book the author finds in "Next of Kin"?

5. How much does the napkin holder made by the author weigh?

Short Essay Questions

1. What spurs the author to send for a brochure from a nudist colony?

2. What does David fantasize about his "real parents" in "Chipped Beef"?

3. What is David's father's obsession? Where does he take them in "Women's Open"?

4. What does David's coworker do to try to get David fired? How does this backfire?

5. How does "Next of Kin" become passed through the family? What finally happens to it?

6. In what way does Peg change at the end of "The Incomplete Quad"?

7. What is David's discovery about the disabled? How does he use it to his advantage?

8. What leads up to the author's decision to visit the nudist retreat?

9. Why do David's teachers come to his home? What is their impression of his mother?

10. What does David's mother insist he stop doing to the cat? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss "Dinah the Christmas Whore." What events take place in this essay? What lesson does the author learn?

Essay Topic 2

Make a case for what you feel is the strongest theme throughout the book as a whole. What theme appears in most essays?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss where the principle setting is of the earlier essays in Naked. How does the author feel about where he grew up?

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